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ASEC to host inaugural fundraiser: "A Night of Storytelling"
2 months ago: [USA] African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) is hosting the inaugural fundraising event, A Night of Storytelling, on Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, in Marywood University’s Fireplace Lounge in Nazareth Hall from 6:30-8 pm.
In Her Words: Lenten Reflection
2 months ago: [none] We are almost halfway through Lent. We have gone through the first three weeks and are almost through the fourth week. This is a good time to pause and check in on how we are progressing with our Lenten resolutions.
ASEC signs new partnership with DMI-St. Eugene in Zambia
3 months ago: [Zambia, USA] DMI-St. Eugene University in Zambia is the first partner university in Africa to have been founded by religious women.
Sisters gather for alumnae workshop, use agriculture to feed communities in Tanzania
3 months ago: [Tanzania] Women religious go where the need is greatest and do everything they can to fulfill it, including increasing the availability of opportunities for agricultural growth in Tanzania.
Dance in African Christianity and Culture as Explained by an ASEC Sister
3 months ago: [Kenya, Zambia, USA] After being with ASEC for a year, I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much about Catholic sisters, African culture, and some of the unique and beautiful traditions of Catholicism in Africa. One thing that I’ve noticed is the power of incorporating dance into graduations, mass and religious celebrations in Africa. I wanted to know more.
ASEC US Staff Learn About Work Styles in Development Training
3 months ago: [USA] The Collective 180, a consulting group that helps foster positive workplace relationships and environments through assessment-based training and development, spent two days with US ASEC staff recently. This is what we learned.
ASEC Staff Visit Kenya for Convening, Graduation and Site Visits
4 months ago: [Kenya] ASEC Sr. Program Manager Dr. Rosemary Shaver and Finance Manager Betsy Hartshorn were grateful for the opportunity to visit Kenya and see first-hand how ASEC sisters are transforming their communities.
Deciding to Become a Nun: The Process
4 months ago: [USA] If you have ever wondered about the process of becoming a nun, you are not alone. It turns out it takes a lot of commitment, dedication and time to prepare before taking one's final vows.
Pope Benedict XVI, Who Preached About Christian Love, Passes
5 months ago: [USA] Just like those who came before him, and after, Pope Benedict XVI had the enormous task of leading the Catholic Church in a complex and ever-changing world. This can never be considered easy and it is important to take a moment to honor his service after his recent passing.
Visiting Scholar visits ASEC Headquarters, Presents Progress on Catholic Research
6 months ago: [Uganda, USA] Sr. Lucy's research may be able to help congregations in Uganda better prepare women religious for the work of their ministries.
Late Sister, ASEC Founder to Donate Body to Science
7 months ago: [USA] When Sr. Margaret Gannon's decision to donate her body to science was announced at her memorial, some wondered, "Can she do that?" The official answer from the Catholic Church is, "Yes, yes she can."
ASEC hosts farewell celebration for Nigeria and Kenya Program Coordinators
7 months ago: [Kenya, Nigeria] Although good-byes are often sad, ASEC Sisters understand well their vows of obedience and living by the will of God. So when it comes time to part ways, farewells have become more of celebrations at ASEC, for the time spent and service given by women religious.
ASEC Founding Member, Emerita Board of Director Called Home to the Lord
7 months ago:  Sister Margaret Gannon, Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton (IHM), Ph.D, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Sr. Margaret was a pillar of ASEC, having helped create the organization in its inception and serving as a board member thereafter.
Senior Program Manager is awarded Ed.D., doctoral award
8 months ago: [USA] HESA and Scholarship Senior Program Manager Rosemary Shaver, Ed.D. received her Doctorate in Education from Wilkes University after successful defense of her research on the perceived impact of service learning programs on higher education learners. Through her research she was able to find that it is a transformative experience that promotes self-examination, dialogue, and skill development among participants.
SLDI Participants meet with Executive Director, Share the Impact of Computer Technology Workshops
8 months ago: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, USA] ASEC Sisters from Zambia, Tanzania and other countries in Africa have gathered recently for Basic Technology workshops as a part of the SLDI program. Last month they met with ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia to discuss what they learned and why it is important.
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